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Washington scores career-high 23 as Ohio State tops Northwestern

The Buckeyes avenged a one-point loss to the Wildcats on Dec. 26.
Credit: AP
Ohio State's E.J. Liddell drives against Northwestern's Pete Nance during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Duane Washington Jr. scored a career-high 23 points to lead No. 21 Ohio State to an 81-71 win over Northwestern. 

The Buckeyes (10-3, 4-3) avenged a one-point loss to the Wildcats on Dec. 26.

Justin Ahrens added 12 points, hitting four 3-pointers, including a timely one late in the second half to help preserve the Buckeyes lead. 

Chase Audige kept Northwestern (6-5, 3-4) in the game, scoring 21 of his career-best 25 points in the first half.